It amazes me just how much time I’ve sunk into Civilization 5. What amazes me more is how many of those hours are complete throw aways. I wish I could click somewhere and see the statistic on how many games of Civ I’ve actually finished. It’s gotta be under 10%.
And yet, we play.
I say we because I know I’m not alone. Whether it’s Skyping a multiplayer with my friends or just hearing them talk about how they play Civ, we’re all doing the same thing. We’re playing it over and over again and never, so rarely finishing it.
There’s something about the process of building a city and walking through the early stages of the game that just hits all the right notes. Transitioning into the mid-game and your strategy just clicking or more likely just falling apart. Barbarians at your borders ruining everything. Ruins changing everything. Ruins changing nothing.
It is a Triumph
Because how many games are there out there that you’ll constantly go back to and just go through the motions.
It is a Failure
Because how many games are there out there that you’ll constantly go back to and just go through the motions. Yes, that was intentional.
How many games keep you coming back and don’t close. That’s a failure. I’ll admit I haven’t bought the expansion. I haven’t heard enough about it to believe it’ll change how I feel. I believe the issue is that Civ at its core is not a militaristic game, it’s a city builder. Traversing the technology tree and boosting your culture allow for such beautiful customization.
And then Everyone else shows up
And shits on everything.
And yet, I like the barbarian element, but that point where you realize you’ve got to start attacking cities and ignore the cities you’ve so perfectly crafted in order to go to war is just horrible. Equally horrible is the feeling of just sitting there while everyone else goes to battle. You sit and you pray that someone won’t notice you’re climbing ahead. Or worse, you sit and you fall behind as catapults catapult your enemies to victory via capturing cities.
118 hours. And it could have been better. Wow. A triumph. A failure.